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Table 3 Prevalence of the most common disorders at their fine-level (greatest) diagnostic precision recorded in German Shepherds Dogs (n = 1660) attending UK primary-care veterinary practices participating in the VetCompassTM Programme from January 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013

From: Demography and disorders of German Shepherd Dogs under primary veterinary care in the UK

Fine-level disorder Count Overall prevalence % 95% CI Female prevalence % Male prevalence % P-value
Otitis externa 131 7.89 6.64–9.29 7.00 8.80 0.177
Osteoarthritis 92 5.54 4.49–6.75 5.31 5.78 0.677
Diarrhoea 87 5.24 4.22–6.42 4.71 5.78 0.324
Overweight/obesity 86 5.18 4.16–6.36 6.40 3.98 0.026
Aggression 79 4.76 3.79–5.90 2.78 6.75 < 0.001
Dental disease 68 4.10 3.19–5.16 4.23 3.98 0.797
Ear disorder 53 3.19 2.40–4.16 3.02 3.37 0.682
Lameness 46 2.77 2.04–3.68 2.29 3.25 0.235
Underweight 45 2.71 1.98–3.61 3.14 2.29 0.286
Hip dysplasia 44 2.65 1.93–3.54 2.42 2.89 0.546
Skin cyst 44 2.65 1.93–3.54 2.66 2.65 0.994
Skin disorder 43 2.59 1.88–3.47 3.50 1.69 0.020
Vomiting 42 2.53 1.83–3.40 3.02 2.05 0.208
Stiffness 34 2.05 1.42–2.85 2.42 1.69 0.295
Anal sac impaction 29 1.75 1.17–2.50 1.69 1.81 0.857
Hypersensitivity disorder 26 1.57 1.03–2.29 1.57 1.57 0.995
Conjunctivitis 25 1.51 0.98–2.22 1.09 1.93 0.160
Laceration 25 1.51 0.98–2.22 1.09 1.93 0.160
Atopic dermatitis 24 1.45 0.93–2.14 1.69 1.20 0.407
Anal furunculosis 23 1.39 0.88–2.07 1.09 1.69 0.296
Cryptorchidism 23 1.39 0.88–2.07 ~ ~ ~
Inability to stand 21 1.27 0.78–1.93 1.33 1.20 0.822
Umbilical hernia 21 1.27 0.78–1.93 1.09 1.45 0.514
Skin mass 21 1.27 0.78–1.93 1.09 1.45 0.514
Periodontal disease 19 1.14 0.69–1.78 1.33 0.96 0.485
Seizure disorder 19 1.14 0.69–1.78 0.60 1.69 0.038
  1. The P-value reflects prevalence comparison between females and males